by SC Reporter Wendy McMullen
All city employees, including city planning and building staff, are now back on the island working full time.
The planning staff have moved to 2475 Library Way, the former Sanibel-Captiva Community Bank building which the city purchased in 2019, and have now processed more than 5,000 permits.
“Our staff continues to do a tremendous job in responding to the permit time that we have advertised — just five days for that initial review,” commented City Manager Dana Souza. “That initial review might not be approval, it might mean we need additional information, or that could be an outright rejection of the permit. Staff is performing that within five days of the initial submission and then three days on resubmissions.”
Staff have issued 153 demolition permits, 600 electrical permits, more than 1,000 emergency building permits and 685 mechanical permits. Roof permits continue to lead with 1,600 permits issued, Souza reported.